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  1. Hey guys, Having moved recently, that unfortunately meant shutting down all the tanks.... on the plus side though, it meant I was able to setup and create a new scape layout for the tank at my new place Anyhow, I spent a few hours this arvo mucking around with the idea I had in my head & this is what I came up with - it's still a work in progress as I'm not entirely happy yet with the pathway or planting positions but it's a start. The waters cloudy atm + the glare doesn't help + it was taken with my phone so I'll update this at a later time when the plants have filled out, water is clear & the photo will most likely be taken at night Dimensions: 60x60x45 I think Filtration: Serenity SIPF450 powerhead attached to sponge filter Lighting: 2x24W T5HO Substrate: Aggregate Sand, Up Aqua Soil, Aquaclay substrate Hardscape: Some striated red river rocks, gold vine Fauna: -chameleon shrimps -4x longfin albino bristlenose -??? may add some larger feature fish later on Flora: -Hygrophila pinnatifida -Hygrophila polysperma 'Rosanervig' -Rotala colorata -Rotala mini type 2 -Vallisneria spiralis -Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides -Ludwigia aromatica -Ludwigia brevipes -Nymphaea lotus zenkeri -Microsorum pteropus 'philippine' -Microsorum pteropus 'windelov' -Microsorum pteropus 'needle leaf' -Microsorum pteropus 'regular broad variety' -Microsorum pteropus 'mini' -Anubias nana -Anubias barteri -Anubias lorraine -Anubias barteri 'nana' -Anubias afzelii -Anubias nana 'petite; -Subwassertang -Native mini pellia -Native fissiden 1 -Native fissiden 2 -Native plaggio -Native bolbitis -Vesicularia montagnei 'christmas moss' -Vesicularia ferriei 'weeping moss' -Taxiphyllum sp. 'flame moss' -Taxiphyllum sp. 'peacock moss' -Crypt wenditti 'green' -Pogostemon stellatus -Bolbitis heudelotii -Echinodorus vesuvius -Aponogeton ulvaceus Inspiration Enjoy, John
  2. Hey guys and girls, I know many of you are not heavy on the planted tank stuff, but anyway I thought I would include my update here as well for everyone to keep track for those who are into planted tanks Below is the specifications of my Iwagumi Layout; Tank 3 foot by 20 inches by 20 inches Tank • Rimless, Braceless, Supportless Tank • 12mm Glass Panels • Bevelled Polished Edges Tank Stand ADA inspired Tank Stand • 730mm high • Exact template taken off an ADA Tank Stand • Finished in Satin Black (even the insides are done in satin black) Substrate 6 x 9L ADA Amazonia I Normal 1 x ADA Penac P 1 x ADA Penac W 1 x ADA Clear Super 1 x ADA Tourmaline BC 1 x ADA Iron Bottom Filtration 1 x Aqua One Aquis 1200 Canister Filter • 1.5L Seachem Matrix • Various size sponges • Four finer woollen pads • DAZS Anti Phosphate Pad • DAZS Anti Ammonia Pad • DAZS Anti Nitri Pad • DAZS Black Sponge Pads x 3 • DAZS Fine Black Wool Pad • API Bio Chem Zorb Sachet • Clear Intake and Outtake Tubing 1 x ANS iFlo Filtration Set 17mm Lillypipes Lighting 1 x Aquascape Design 6 x T5HO ASD900C 3 Foot Lighting Unit • 6 x T5HO 39W 10000K Tubes • Phillips Advance Ballast • Used to hang with Cade Luxury Light Stand • Colour: Anodized Black • Dimensions: 900 x 370 x 50mm 1 x Cade Luxury Light Stand Heating 1 x Hydor Eth Inline 300W External Heater 1 x ADA NA 12mm Thermometer (Clear) C02 Set Up 1 x C02 Pro 0.82L Injection Package with extras • C02 Pro 0.82L Bottle • C02 Regulator • Electromagnetic Solenoid Valve • Needle Valve Tap • 3.5cm Japanese Style Glass Diffuser • 3.5cm Pollen Glass Diffuser • 2.5m of c02 tubing • Brass c02 Bubble Counter • Glass c02 Bubble Counter • Glass Check Valve • DAZS Beetle c02 Bubble Counter • ANS Drop Checker 1 x C02 Pro 0.82L Bottle (Spare) Fertilisers 1 x Ferka Aquatilizer 500mL 1 x Ferka Balance K 500mL 1 x Green Brightly Step 1 500mL 1 x Green Brightly Step 2 500mL 1 x Green Brightly Special Lights 500mL 1 X Green Brightly Step 3 500mL 1 x Seachem Flourish Excel 2L (May not be used) 1 x 500mL Seachem Flourish (May not be used) 1 x Seachem Iron 500mL (May not be used) Plant Tools ANS Plant Scissors Surgical Grade – Curved ANS Plant Scissors – Curved ANS Plant Tweezers – Curved ANS Multi Purpose Tweezers Hardscape 30kg Iwagumi Lava Grey Fieldstone Rocks from Aquascape Design Plants 20 x Hemianthus Callitrichoides 10 x Blyxa Japonica 4 x Eleocharis Caespitosissima (may use in a different aqua scape if does not look good in there) 10 x Eleocharis parvulus Fish 80 x Rasbora Hengeli 1 x Otocinclus 1 x Zebra Otocinclus 50 x Red Cherry Shrimp (RCS Shrimp) 10 x Cherry Red Shrimp (CRS Shrimp) 10 x Caridina sp NTnilotica (Northern Territory Algae Eater Shrimp) Other Products, Medications, Water Change Products 1 x 2L Seachem Stability 1 x 2L Seachem Stress Guard 1 x 473mL API Melafix 1 x 100mL Aquasonic Ichonex 1 x 120mL Waterlife Protozin 1 x 120mL Waterlife Sterizin 1 x Seachem Acid Buffer 1 x Seachem Neutral Regulator (will not be used due to adding phosphates) 1 x Seachem Discus Buffer (will not be used due to adding phosphates) Foods 1 x Sera Vipan 75g Food for the Rasbora Hengelis 1 x Spectrum Algae Wafers for the Shrimp and Otocinclus Regular serves of Frozen Bloodworm Regular serves of Frozen Brine Shrimp Regular serves of Live Blackworm I am still aquiring some of the products such as ADA Ferts, ADA NA Thermometer, Zebra Oto, and a few other bits and pieces but all will be arriving before the 5th August (fingers crossed). Pick up the stand from the painters tomorrow I might of missed one or two things from that list but if need be will update the list later but hopefully that is all that is needed. Still need to order my plants and arrange how many, plant list is just a rough guide of what will be used. I will be doing the dry start method for the HC, and hopefully be successful. Here is some pictures of the collection of products. Still awaiting on a few more products as stated but here is the bulk of the products. Will take pictures of the rocks once I have cleaned them all up. The rocks are STUNNING. I do have to give special mention to; Adam at Aquascape Design - His dedication to the hobby, and helping other people out is simply amazing. He has helped me out through many 30 minute phone calls discussing ideas, products, and issues for my set up. He has also supplied the majority of the IMPORTANT items for my scape, including the amazing rocks. His parcels are very quick, and contents very well protected. His support for me and the products supplied to me cannot be faulted. Over the moon with his business. Mick at Southport Aquarium and Petland - Great tank and tank stand, always builds great tanks and tank stands upon request even if I did ask for an annoying or fiddly to do tank and tank stand, was no drama for Mick. Toby - Mate of mine who has supplied the best of the best iwagumi advice, and many upon many Takashi Amano articles in Tropical Fish Magazines he owns. Josh at Aquariums Alive - Supplied the amazing Rasbora Hengelis, Oto, and a ripper price on the Aqua One 1200 canister filter. Great price done there for all products. Thanks to all the above mentioned people. I have devised a very thorough ritual written out in a journal, for how to do my substrate, how to arrange my rocks, how to do my water changes, what days to feed the fish what foods, what to do if any water paramaters are not met, what to do for any illness of fish, basically everything from start to finish all written down so it could possibly passed on to any one for an insight of what I would do, or have had to do for any of the issues. Will also make a good journal for someone wanting to replicate the same style of layout that is not that aquascape minded, so will post that when it is finished too Anyways on with the pics; First thing to rock up was this Opened out to be this inside Tank arrived; Products I will be using (not all are there, some are still in transit); Adam from Aquascape Design sent these lights (used on my holding 3 foot tank for fish), and fish were bought for my holding tank for the mean time until new tank is set up; oto These amazing products from Adam also rocked up at my door step this morning :) ; Box of filter to be used (bottom box, top filter is a spare); More items not pictured that will be included in coming days once the process of putting it all together begins Thanks guys, Adam
  3. Okay Ive decided to utilise a 3ft Ive had sitting downstairs for my first attempt at a heavily/moderately planted tank. To keep costs down I've started to design a foam based rock divider/terrace similar to a DIY Rock 3D Wall to give me the following benefits: #1 I can use ADA style soils in the rear of the tank where the critical heavy planting will take place but I wont require as much as if I were to use it in the entire tank. #2 I will be able to have 2 different substrates in the tank. #3 I can use the terrace Im making to give an extra dimension of depth and hopefully realism. To keep costs down on the design of the divider Im going to use the idea here in this post http://www.qldaf.com/forums/product-diy-technical-discussion-11/diy-rock-wall-38789/ as it seemed to work quite well. Im not sure on the long term durability of the finish. I assume excluding algae eaters that are harsh in the removal process eg. BN, Plecs etc and using shrimp or something alike that it will help extend the life of the wall. It uses silicone to seal the foam and adhese the sand to the foam to give the rock effect. Shaping the foam was done using a lighter and a knife initially, the later switching to a soldering iron for speed and ease. I just layered old styro lids holding them temporarily in place with toothpicks while I carried out the shaping. I intend on fine tuning the shape some more, in the meantime, stay tuned!
  4. Gday Everyone, Here are some snaps of my current project hope you enjoy..
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